Supervision of Psychotherapy and Counselling: Making a Place to Think

Supervision of Psychotherapy and Counselling: Making a Place to Think

Supervision of Psychotherapy and Counselling: Making a Place to Think

Supervision of Psychotherapy and Counselling: Making a Place to Think

Synopsis



• What do we really know about the supervision of therapy and counselling?

• What kind of things make it easier, and what gets in the way?

• How do therapy and supervision resemble one another, and in what ways do they differ?

In an effort to address these pressing questions, this volume brings together authors from a variety of different perspectives and orientations to comment on supervision. Although strongly influenced by psychoanalytic ideas, the book also offers humanistic insights into good supervision practices. It is recommended reading for all experienced therapists and counsellors, and will be particularly useful to those undertaking advanced courses on supervision.

Excerpt

Geraldine Shipton

Supervision is an odd word suggesting both exceptional clear-sightedness and a superior vantage point from which to look, as if the supervisor has only to cast his or her eyes over the work in question for the key elements to appear. Whilst this may be a true description of some supervisory consultations, most consultants feel this is frequently not the case and that, even when it is, the task of the supervisor is to help the supervisee gain access to a more advantageous position from which to consider their work. The place for thinking about psychotherapy is continuously constructed by the supervisor, often on the basis of his or her past experience of being supervised, through the creation of an optimal setting and attitude for both parties. This book introduces the reader to several different ways of thinking about supervision which should take most readers, if not beyond their own habitual viewpoint, then at least to less familiar perspectives.

The increasing professionalization and standardization of psychotherapy and counselling in Britain have given rise to the publication of many new books which are concerned with aspects of practice, including some very influential books on supervision (two of note are Hawkins and Shohet 1989; Langs 1994). Welcome as such books have been to a range of practitioners in the helping professions, they do not set out to engage with the psychotherapeutic practices which this book tackles, such as the therapeutic relation to the image or to imagination, for example, or to consider the nature and effect of knowledge in supervision or the impact of particular technologies. A space is thereby vacant for these and other questions which concern the contributors to this book.

Special mention should be made of Hawkins and Shohet's book as it was the first significant attempt in Britain to set out firm foundations for supervision which were usable by professionals from different helping disciplines. The authors erected a systematic model for supervisors (the process model) which encompassed excellent ideas from analytic and humanistic practice in . . .

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